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Bus driver in dramatic bridge plunge says it 'just took off'

APTOPIX Bus Crash Overpass
Posted at 5:49 PM, Jan 16, 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — The driver of a New York City tandem bus that plunged off a bridge this week is blaming the dramatic crash on mechanical failure.

Everton Beccan told reporters Saturday that he took a drug and alcohol test.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is pushing back. It says Beccan refused to provide a urine sample to the agency three times at the hospital.

Beccan has been suspended without pay.

He offered a harrowing account of Thursday's crash. He says passengers were screaming as the front half of the articulated bus plunged onto a ramp. The other half remained on the bridge. Seven passengers were injured.